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July 10, 1999
We are close to vijay, says PM
''The turning point has come. Operation Vijay is going to be a great vijay,'' Prime Minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee said after emerging out of a 35-minute meeting at the Directorate General of Military Operations at South Block today.
In the first meeting of its kind after the Kargil conflict began, the prime minister was briefed in the operations room of the DGMO by Chief of Army Staff General V P Malik and all the army commanders.
Asked what could be the time-frame within which the conflict would be settled, Vajpayee said, ''Details have to be worked out.''
The prime minister smiled when he was asked whether Pakistan Prime Minister Nawaz Sharief and he had been in touch.
Reporters were awarded with another smile when they asked the prime minister whether the Pakistani troops were withdrawing from the Kargil sector.
Defence Minister George Fernandes, External Affairs Minister Jaswant Singh, chiefs of the Indian Air Force and Indian Navy, Principal Secretary Brajesh Mishra and other top officials were present during the briefing by the army commanders.
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